Donnerstag, 31. März 2016

Into the light

Llangors Lake - well, of course we had a go at pulling the sword out of the stone ...

My brother came to visit me in Hungerford over Easter. We had skyped and exchanged emails before, discussing what to do and what to see in the limited time he was here. We both wanted to go on a daytrip to Wales and to do it the oldfashioned way.

As soon as I collected him from Heathrow on Good Friday we got out the maps. We decided to drive into the Brecon Becons National Park on Easter Sunday, the day the clock went forwards. The weather forecast had been extremely gloomy but when we woke up at 7am/6am we actually saw blue sky - and were out in the car in a shot.

We drove up to Ross-on-Wye and took a B-road to Abergavenny and stumbled across Skenfrith Castle just after crossing the Welsh border, stopped for coffee in Crickhowell and had our picknick at the shore of Llangors Lake. The landscape was absolutely stunning and I definitely need to go back.

I am also including photos of our next trip to the New Forest and the Solent and my visit to Ham House and Gardens (National Trust) after dropping my brother at Heathrow.

Much love,

Skenfrith Castle

Crickhowell Castle

At Llangors Lake - quite choppy

Bronllys Castle

New Forest: the gorse is coming into flower

Back in Milford-on-Sea.

Ham House and Gardens in Richmond

The very first British bathroom at Ham House (17th century!)

Tighly clipped lavender in the 17th century design of the Cherry Garden

Samstag, 19. März 2016

Stripes and Stripes

Striped squared made from black, fawn and white alpaca 

One of my resolutions for this year is trying to get better at documenting my crafting/creative processes. I have lost so many ideas over the last years just because I didn't get round to actually writing them up. And as this blog originally started out as a crafting blog, I will try to return to its roots from time to time.

As mentioned in my last post, my current project is a short wrap jacket designed by Alison Ellen but with lots of added stitches to allow for my size, especially as it is meant to be rather loose-fitting. Work is progressing well, especially as I like working from square to square and having lots of little moments of achievement along the way! I hope that my wool stash will be enough for the sleeves but I have a some short bits of the black alpaca left to spin.

I have also lined up all blue samples of last week below and am now thinking of knitting them up in a similar technique for a chair cover, with other leftover yarn. The chairs at the guild meetings are a bit uncomfortable and for a full morning of spinning my bum could use some soft merino!

Much love,

Rough sketch of how the jacket is supposed to look like

You can see the "wrong" side in this picture but it also a good opportunity to sneak in a Hamish cameo

Black, fawn and white alpaca - since I splashed out on a yarn-winder, my yarn balls look very professional

Samples of blue from Wingham Wool Work

Sonntag, 13. März 2016

Sampling Day

I finally have a functioning camera again - and took it to my local crafting guild (The Kennet Valley Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers) sampling day to start documenting my latest craft projects.

At the moment I am knitting a cardigan designed by Alison Ellen but, as always, I am already thinking of future and sampled a lot of different mixes of blue and turquoise in order to choose the perfect combination of colours.

Wingham Wool, the company who visits the guild for the sampling day, has way to many tempting fibres on offer and it was very hard to choose. I will try to blog more about my ongoing craft projects, in addition to the garden visits and roadtrips, I just need to get back into the habit!

Much love,

Dyed silks

Zak - the trusty companion.

Workbasket with blue samples to try.

Soooo many fibres to try.

Dyed merino wool pick and mix.

Large dyed bats.